In KS4 students have the opportunity to work towards a Cambridge National in Enterprise and Marketing within the business studies department as their optional subject.
An aspiration for many young people is to be self-employed and start their own business. The skills required for this, such as being able to work collaboratively and creatively, solve problems and have awareness of businesses and customers, are also those requested by employers.
The Cambridge National qualification allows students to get to grips with key aspects of running small businesses with a focus on enterprise and marketing to gain the knowledge, understanding and skills required for the 21st century.
The two centre-assessed units offer practical task-based assessment opportunities, alongside the examined unit which contains underpinning knowledge and understanding, resulting in a focused qualification that complements a Key Stage 4 study programme alongside other vocational qualifications and GCSEs.
In KS5 students have the opportunity to work towards a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business as an option on the A-Level programme of study.
BTECs embody a fundamentally learner-centred approach to the curriculum, with a flexible, unit-based structure and knowledge applied in project-based assessments. They focus on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education. BTEC National qualifications provide a broad introduction that gives learners transferable knowledge and skills.
The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business is designed for students who are interested in learning about the business sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing into a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in business-related subjects. It should be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A-Levels. Students study two mandatory units: ‘Developing a Marketing Campaign’ and ‘Personal and Business Finance’, each with a written examination, alongside two optional units that require internally assessed assignments. Additionally, students will have to undertake a week of work experience in year 12.